Annette: a Coming-of-Age Miracle

by Levan Tskhovrebadze. It seems as the French director torments himself over personal misfortune; however, he summons paradoxes of life and transpires this absurdist tragedy as a coming-of-age spectacle for the baby miracle Annette.” “Each man kills the thing he lovesby each let this be heard”–Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde’s gloomy […]

Lay Down Your Souls – Venom: Let There Be Carnage

By Elias Savada. A frothy, silly flick, full of gory hijinks and dumbster fun. Let the slapstick continue.” I wonder if anyone at Columbia Pictures, the studio that has that small chunk of the other Marvel action figures that Disney hasn’t encased, remembers that it was also the movie company […]

The Many Saints of Newark: A Fond, Bloody Prequel

By Elias Savada. Brutal and deadly, as expected, and a fiercely written gangster drama, the film is also a fitting period piece….” The best things about HBO’s The Sopranos were the deeply emotional heft of its characters and, of course, the brutality they constantly extracted upon one another. Fans of […]

Toxic Dreams of Kate Bush: Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue (TIFF 2021)

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. A bedazzled, audacious dreamscape riddled with sex and violence and the ever-present spirit of high fashion…. we drift in and out of After Blue like something akin to a fever dream….” If your first encounter with the film worlds of French art-weirdo auteur genius Bertrand Mandico doesn’t […]

Inexorable and the Suffocating Expanses of Fabrice Du Welz (TIFF 2021)

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. This Belgian filmmaker’s extraordinary mastery over space and his ability to manipulate our experience of it draws me into his frequently dark, sometimes tragic and commonly perverse movies.” There are few filmmakers whose movies so effectively create a sense of claustrophobia, of suffocation, of being closed in […]

Dear Evan Hansen: Not Quite the Broadway Epiphany

By Elias Savada. The new movie adaptation, starring a now 27-year-old Platt, has a few problems…. the conversion to the big screen (of this tale concerning social anxiety disorder) brought the play’s A+ grade down to a B-minus.” Just over six years ago, a high school musical captured my heart […]